Top 25 New Places to Stay, Eat and Play: 2012
Kings Island, Mason, Ohio: Dinosaurs Alive!
Short of a time machine, this new animatronic area at the famed amusement park north of Cincinnati is the closest you'll get to seeing these amazing creatures.
A walking path winds past dozens of dinos that are tucked into the woods, creeping out of creek beds and growling when visitors trip off nearby sensors. They may look a little rubbery to adults, but to kids, the dinosaurs all seem thrillingly real. Separate admission charged, but it's worth it (513/754-5700; visitkingsisland.com).